What We Love
- Huge sea-view villas, each with a private infinity pool
- VIP treatment starts in Bangkok, where you’ll be met at the airport and ushered to the resort’s eight-seat plane
- The treatments at the spa — especially the watsu water massage
- Despite the luxury, this resort is eco-friendly
- The treetop dining pod, where waiters zipline in to serve you
What To Know
- Couple- and family-friendly
- Getting to the resort requires a 90-minute flight from Bangkok followed by a boat ride
- To reach the main stretch of white sand beach, it’s a two-minute ride in the resort’s speedboat
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Room Service
Wedged between jungle and beach on the secluded island of Kood, a 90-minute private plane ride from Bangkok, Soneva Kiri has a best-of-both-worlds location. But while celebrity-style amenities abound (private butlers, refined Thai cuisine served in an overwater shack or treetop dining pod, private infinity pools in every villa), the resort has a barefoot-chic vibe that keeps things luxuriously simple. Built from teak, bamboo, and acacia, the 28 vast villas blend into their rain forest setting. Each one is spread over two floors of open-air platforms, with separate self-contained rooms for sleeping, bathing, showering and dressing. And much of the living space—dining table, kitchen, deck shower, private infinity pool—is outdoors. The list of activities goes on and on: diving, snorkeling, sailing, yoga and meditation classes in the spa. Movies are shown in a pop-up cinema over a lake, where staff hand out popcorn and Thai beer. There’s even a chocolate room, an ice cream parlor, and an observatory—all just for the resort’s handful of guests. And while this is honeymoon heaven, children are discreetly catered to in the extraordinary Den, a soaring teak building that looks like something out of a Tim Burton movie with slides, games, activity rooms, and a staff that knows how to keep kids of all ages happy. Be sure to book a night at Benz, a gourmet Thai restaurant in an overwater shack, and in the treetop dining pod, where waiters zipline in to serve you.
How to Get There
So yes... this was our resort in Koh Tao island and probably, no... FOR SURE, It’s one of the most amazing hotels we’ve been to!!
It all started so cool, because we took a small plane from Bangkok airport to a really small island near Koh Tao and then we took a boat to get there! And first thing they tell you is to take your shoes off and not wear them during your stay. That was the best!! It's their philosophy, "No news, No shoes" One less thing to worry about!!
The rooms where like taken out of a movie, the most beautiful rooms we've ever seen and the best part is that they where basically surrounded by the nature. The views were also amazing, our room had ocean views and also a private beach in front.
One of our favorite things was the food, of course... there was a lot of variety and their majority of products are their own. There was also a chocolate room that was open 24 hours!!! our favorite room!
We highly recommend Soneva Kiri, once you are there you feel like home, you don't wanna leave!! The treat there is so nice! And also there are plenty of activities to do!
When I was searching to get away from it all, Soneva Kiri came to mind. Booked 6 nights! I loved the resort eco friendly resort. From not using plastic water bottles to having its own garden. Best meal was from Chef Benz! I suggest don't eat till dinner, most flavorful food i have had in my life from Benz. I enjoyed my daily fresh fruit and teas at breakfast. North beach is beautiful beach to have lunch and enjoy( like having your own beach) From arrival to departure, the staff was welcoming with true hospitality. It was a pleasure to meet the original GM who opened the resort, Mr. Antony. I will visit Soneva resorts in the Maldives in the near future. No News No Shoes
We had a wonderful stay here.
The staff were extremely attentive and friendly while maintaining a relaxed atmosphere. There were many activities and dining options to choose from, too many to fit in a weekend, we would have loved to stay longer and try them all. The ones we did try did not disappoint. The treepod dining is a must. The design of the resort is also worth mentioning, the outdoor covered bathrooms are most pleasing.
The food was far tastier than any island resort or hotel we have been to and a pleasant surprise given out past experiences. It is both appropriate for couples and families and has ample areas for groups or more intimate spaces to choose from. We would definitely stay there again.